In order to begin teaching in South Carolina, corps members must pass a subject specific PRAXIS II exam, successfully complete all Teach For America training requirements, and submit copies of all college transcripts along with a background check.
Corps members have the option to pursue a professional teaching certificate, but taking ongoing certification courses is not required. Corps members who teach in a Teach For America – South Carolina partner school for a third year after their two year commitment, complete nine hours of graduate coursework, and complete other standard certification requirements (such as an application fee) are eligible for a professional teaching certificate. The graduate credits required for certification are offered through our university partner, Francis Marion University, at a very discounted rate.
The cost of certification for South Carolina corps members who choose to pursue a professional teaching certificate is much lower compared to other regions (~$2000 compared to a national average of $7,270). Eligible corps members who enroll in AmeriCorps and receive an award may be able to cover the full cost of professional certification through the grant.
Corps members can also earn a master’s degree from our university partner in two to three years. The cost of this master’s degree is significantly discounted, with a total cost of approximately $7,000. Eligible corps members who enroll in AmeriCorps and receive an award may be able to cover the full cost of a Master’s degree through the grant.
Earning a master's is possible in two to three years.
Francis Marion University
Teach For America – South Carolina is both excited and proud to partner with the Call Me MISTER (Mentors Instructing Students Toward Effective Role Models) Initiative as we aspire to continue to diversify our teaching corps and implement Dream.Rise.Do in the South Carolina region.
Founded in 2000 at Clemson University, The Call Me Mister Initiative exists “to increase the pool of available teachers from a broader more diverse background particularly among the state's lowest performing elementary schools”. Since its inception, the Initiative has expanded to 19 colleges and universities across South Carolina as well as educational institutions in six other states and Washington, D.C. By providing training, support, and tuition assistance, Call Me Mister has become a leader in building the education talent pipeline in South Carolina, especially is it relates to the recruitment of African American men. Together with Call Me Mister, we will collaborate to increase the pool of diverse, qualified teachers at all grade and subject levels in which our region places.
Just 37 miles southeast of Columbia, Orangeburg is the county seat of Orangeburg County and home to four colleges, including Claffin University, the nation's oldest historically black institution. The cost of living in rural South Carolina is low, and corps members have no trouble finding comfortable and affordable homes and apartments in Orangeburg. Local cultural attractions include the Edisto Memorial Gardens, South Carolina State's IP Stanback Museum and Planetarium, and the annual Orangeburg Festival of Roses.